Labral Repair Specialist

Austin Shoulder Institute

Orthopedic Surgeons & Shoulder Specialists located in North Austin, Austin, TX & Austin, Cedar Park, TX

Dr. Graham and Dr. Szerlip are leading orthopaedic surgeons providing state-of-the-art labral repair procedures for patients in and around North Austin, TX, who have symptoms like pain, inflammation, shoulder instability and reduced range of motion, using methods aimed at relieving symptoms while strengthening the joint.

Labral Repair Q & A


What is the labrum?

The shoulder joint is a very complex joint, featuring several structures which enable it to move in many directions. The joint forms where the upper arm bone, or humerus, meets the shoulder socket, or glenoid. A rim of soft tissue surrounds the socket, helping to provide stability and pain-free movement to the joint. This rim of tissue is called the labrum, and it's essential for normal function of the joint. Because it's made of soft tissue, the labrum can become torn, and it can also be injured as a result of other types of injuries, like fractures and dislocations.

What types of labral injuries are there?

Injuries to the labrum usually occur as a result of either direct or indirect trauma, such as a fall, sports injury or car accident, or from repetitive motion, like heavy lifting or throwing. They can also occur when the shoulder joint is pulled or stretched beyond its normal limits. A tear can occur above or below the actual socket.

How is a labral injury diagnosed?

Diagnosis begins with a careful physical examination of the joint combined with an in-depth medical history to determine the possible causes of injury. Often, a CT scan or MRI of the shoulder will be performed to examine the soft tissues more closely. Sometimes, a minimally-invasive procedure called arthroscopy may be used to examine the inside of the joint using special instruments inserted through a very small incision.

What treatment options are used to treat the labrum?

Labral injuries often require surgery to correct, especially when they involve tendons or cause the joint to remain unstable. At Austin Shoulder Institute, we use state-of-the-art minimally-invasive surgical techniques to repair labral damage and damage of associated tissues like tendons so patients can enjoy faster healing of the joint.

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